Traditionally, quantitative finance practitioners are divided into two populations: those who seek fair values, i.e. means of price distributions, and those who seek risk measures, i.e. quantiles of price distributions. Fair value people and risk people typically live in separate lands, and worship different gods: the profit and loss balance sheet, and regulatory capital, respectively.

Prudent Valuation is a rather unexplored midland which has recently emerged somewhere in between the well known mainlands of Pricing and Risk Management. In fact, the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) forces financial institutions to apply prudent valuation to all fair value positions. The difference between the prudent value and the fair value, called Additional Valuation Adjustment (AVA), is directly deducted from the Core Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital. On March 31st 2014, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) for prudent valuation, to be approved by the EU Commission.

The 90% confidence level required by regulators for prudent valuation links quantiles of distributions of fair values (exit prices) to capital, thus bridging the gap between the Pricing and Risk Management mainlands, and forcing the crossbreeding of the fair value and risk populations.

On Wednesday, November 12th featured speakers and prudent value explorers Dr. Marco Bianchetti of Intesa Sanpaolo and Ilja Faerman of Numerix, discuss the new Prudent Valuation regulations, interpret the numerous AVAs and examine their calculations, and discuss best practices in implementing a Prudent Valuation framework.

Dr. Bianchetti and Mr. Faerman delved into the following topics:

  • Overview of Prudent Valuation regulations
    • Prudent valuation timeline
    • The Capital Requirement Regulation 575/2013
    • The EBA Regulatory Technical Standards: prudent valuation scope and approaches
  • Additional Valuation Adjustment (AVA) calculations
    • Definitions and basic assumptions for each AVA
    • Case studies and examples
    • Focus on Model Risk AVA
                 -  Sensitivity of prices to different models
                 -  Example with HW1F, CIR, BK and LMM models
                 -  Handling negative rates
  • Prudent Valuation framework
    • Implementation
    • Methodological framework
    • Operational framework
    • IT framework
    • Documentation & reporting
    • Example of prudent valuation framework


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Featured Speakers:

Marco Bianchetti, PhD, Head of Financial Modelling & Validation, Intesa SanpaoloMarco Bianchetti, PhD, Head of Financial Modelling & Validation, Intesa Sanpaolo
Marco Bianchetti joined the Market Risk Management area of Intesa Sanpaolo in 2008. His recent work covers derivative pricing and risk management across all asset classes, with a focus on new product development, model validation, model risk management, funding and counterparty risk, and Quasi Monte Carlo. Previously Dr. Bianchetti worked for 8 years in the front office Financial Engineering area of Banca Caboto (now Banca IMI), developing pricing models and applications for interest rate and inflation trading desks. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and training sessions in quantitative finance. He holds an MSc in theoretical nuclear physics and a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics.

Ilja Faerman, VP & Head of EMEA Financial Engineering, NumerixIlja Faerman, VP & Head of EMEA Financial Engineering, Numerix
As VP and Head of Financial Engineering at Numerix, Ilja Faerman has extensive expertise in pricing complex derivatives in multiple asset classes, as well as calculating market and counterparty credit risk for large portfolios of simple and complex instruments. In recent projects, he has focused on economic and regulatory capital allocation and the coherent modeling of risk factors for CVA/DVA figures. Prior to Numerix, Mr. Faerman worked as a financial engineer and model validation analyst at Thomson Reuters. He holds a BSc in Business and Computer Science from the University of Rostock and an MSc in Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He is currently located in Numerix’s Frankfurt office.

Jim Jockle, Chief Marketing Officer, NumerixModerator: Jim Jockle, Chief Marketing Officer, Numerix
Mr. Jockle leads the company's global marketing efforts, spanning a diverse set of solutions and audiences. He oversees integrated marketing communications to customers in the largest global financial markets and to the Numerix partner network through the company's branding, electronic marketing, research, events, public relations, advertising and relationship marketing.

Prior to joining Numerix, he served as Managing Director of Global Marketing and Communications for Fitch Ratings. During his tenure at Fitch, Mr. Jockle built the firm’s public relations program, oversaw investor relations and led marketing and communications plans for several acquisitions. He also oversaw the brand development of a new company dedicated to the enhancement of credit derivative and structured-credit ratings, products and services. Prior to Fitch, Mr. Jockle was a member of the communications team at Moody's Investors Service.

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